Minister for Jobs, Enterprise and Innovation Richard Bruton today departs on a five-day trade and investment mission to the United States.

The trip, organised by Enterprise Ireland and IDA Ireland, will see Mr Bruton visit six cities in Texas and the midwest.

The IDA leg of the mission includes ten meetings with multinational companies in the Chicago area, focused on life sciences.

A total of 27 Irish companies will take part in 14 meetings and events on the Enterprise Ireland Texas leg of the mission, targeting opportunities in the oil and gas sector.